MASSENA - Voters in the village of Massena are now guaranteed a contested race for mayor this fall after Mayor James F. Hidy submitted an independent petition for the position on “The People’s Party” line.
Mr. Hidy, who is seeking re-election to the position after serving in office for four years, said he’s looking forward to the campaign.
“I’m very excited and I’m looking forward to a robust campaign,” Mr. Hidy said. “I’m sure as we get going, get closer to that time, and things start to build up there will be more excitement amongst the voters too.”
The race, at this point, includes Police Chief Timmy J. Currier, running on the Working Families and Democratic Party line,s and Mr. Hidy, running on his independent party line. The Republican Party will hold a caucus later this summer to nominate its official slate of candidates. Seats on the ballot in November include the mayor, two village trustees, one village justice and one town justice.
Mr. Hidy said he is planning on attending the caucus and seeking the GOP nomination, although he’s not yet sure when the caucus will be held.
“To the best of my knowledge, it will likely be held sometime in mid-September,” Mr. Hidy said.
Mr. Hidy said submitting an independent petition is part of the political strategy involved in running for office.
“For people seeking elected positions in recent years there has been more and more interest in adding to the number of lines one appears on,” he said. “Like a lot of other people running for office, I elected to go this route in order to obtain maximum visibility.”
As for the name of his party, Mr. Hidy said that’s simple.
“I wanted the name to encompass and reflect that I serve the people in the entire village and that with Massena being as small of a municipality as it is that party affiliation should have no bearing and there shouldn’t be any room for a popularity contest,” he said. “As I do now and plan on continuing to do, I represent all the good people of this community regardless of their affiliation.
“I would like to stress as wel that if an individual, for any reason, chooses not to vote for me it is my sworn duty, as I have done in the past, to be transparent with them, have an open door policy and represent that person as well,” he said. “In public office, you govern for all people, not just a few select individuals who may have their own agendas.”